Sunday, June 10, 2012

83 Miquelle Henderson

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Career: 2001-2004

Record: 28-21, Bowl Record: 0-3

Miquelle Henderson was a member of Coach Rich Rodriguez’s first recruiting class in Morgantown, WV. Henderson came to WVU with the promise of being utilized more as blocker than as a receiver in the Mountaineer’s spread offense. Henderson would eventually get the hang of the run heavy offense and contributed from his sophomore season on. Henderson made his biggest impact in the receiving game, piling up 80 receptions for 897 yards and 6 touchdowns. Henderson was a favorite target of Rasheed Marshall his sophomore season, but would eventually be used as a secondary option to Chris Henry his junior and senior seasons.

Memorable Game: Early in the 2002 campaign, WVU was faced with a road test against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Mountaineers came into the match-up, fresh off a road loss to Wisconsin the week prior. The Mountaineers were in for an offensive track meet. Neither defense could do much else than chase the offensive players to end zone. Henderson would give Bearcat defenders fits all day as he torched the secondary for 8 receptions, 105 yards and a touchdown. WVU would hold off a late Cincinnati rally to seal a 35-32 victory.

Competition: As I alluded to in the previous Teaser, I had a difficult time deciding between Henderson and Tito Gonzales. Henderson had the better career statistics and had a big impact on the field. Equally impressive was Gonzales contributions off the field, often speaking to children and constantly seeking to better the community. While I could not give him the spot at #83, I will give him an honorable video mention. Nothing is better than seeing the tears of joy of a quality person.

Teaser: Tomorrow’s selection hails from Drexel Hill, PA, a rich suburban community outside of Philadelphia. This is said to be the community that inspired the movie Mean Girls. I would wager that my selection at #82 was not one of the plastics when he grew up.

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